two women and a man fill and label bottles of hand sanitizer for donation

Community Donations

This is a compilation of stories that were originally published in 2020 on our website.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we were incredibly grateful for donations of masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, other personal protective equipment, and cleaning supplies.

Thanks to the generosity of Brain Brew Custom Whiskey, Matthew 25 Ministries, The Health Collaborative, Hamilton County Emergency Management Agency, Tieks, May We Help, Creative Connections, Active Day, Stacey Sherman, Rob Bosma, Beth Laage, Sew4Cincy, Rost and Fairfax schools, and Helping Hands, we have been able to distribute supplies to many providers and direct support professionals.

Tamie Peel, owner of Creative Connections, and Rebekah Elliott, owner of Eastside Day Academy, partnered at the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis to ensure both of their agencies had enough personal protective equipment and other needed supplies. Their families, friends and administrative staff were integral in gathering what both providers needed. Parents and people they support helped make masks for staff to wear.

They ended up with more gloves than they needed and donated the surplus to other providers in Hamilton County. “We are donating the gloves because it’s the right thing to do and because kindness matters,” Peel said, adding that she got to know many other providers when she worked with The Arc of Hamilton County. “I thought of all those faces and relationships I’d developed along the way, hoping they are all healthy, safe and prepared. I just hope our donation helps someone in need.”
As we all worked together to respond to the rapidly evolving coronavirus situation, HCDDS sought to be a resource for providers and direct support professionals (DSPs).
Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities Services honored DSPs with a celebration of Direct Support Professionals Recognition Week, Sept. 13-19.

DSPs are essential workers who provide services and assistance to people with developmental disabilities in daily life, whether that’s in their home, on the job or at a day program.

Throughout the pandemic, DSPs have continued to provide essential services every day to people with developmental disabilities. DSPs have shown dedication and creativity in ensuring that people with disabilities safely receive the support they need during these difficult times.

“Direct support professionals are vital to the lives of people with developmental disabilities in our community, and they have really stepped up during COVID-19 to continue providing essential services. We wanted to make this PPE distribution special to show how much we appreciate their hard work,” said Carin Sherman, Quality and Performance Manager at Hamilton County DD Services.

Throughout the pandemic, Hamilton County DD Services distributed masks, hand sanitizer, gloves and cleaning supplies to local service providers.